Pancho's
Pancho's
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  • Address:
    3615 Highland Ave
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
    Neighborhood:
    Manhattan Beach / Hermosa Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican / Southwestern
    Price: $30 and under

Pancho's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.panchosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3105456670
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Chef Ramon Hurtado
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Tuesday through Sunday entertainment. Karaoke, Sunday & Tuesday night. Wednesday night, John Brown, "Dos es Uno, acoustic duo. Thursday through Saturday, Day of Daze featuring Little Jimmy,Rick Cowling,Jim Wheeler and Koko. No cover charge!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rosecrans Avenue
  • Public Transit: Bus stop on Rosecrans. Hotel trolley stop in front of restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 3 levels of Valet Parking next to restaurant. Metered parking on street.
A word from Pancho's
Pancho's restaurant is one of the oldest and best known landmarks in the South Bay. This famous Mexican restaurant features a uniquely beautiful atmosphere with the warmth & hospitality of an elegant hacienda. Gourmet Mexican dishes are prepared fresh daily. Our menu selections include an excellent variety of salads, seafood, chicken and meat dishes for your enjoyment. Constantly voted the South Bay's best Margarita
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Pancho's reviews from OpenTable diners
  • This is a local gem- right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    This is a local gem- right near the beach- great festive decor- good food/drinks-BUT is way overpriced. Mexican food is not expensive to make, yet they charge unreasonably high prices all because it's located amidst multi-million dollar homes in an expensive zip code.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • First time here, loved the
    pass
    Dined on 10/15/2012
    First time here, loved the atmosphere! Indoor/felt outdoor like I was in the jungle. Food was excellent. Will definitely be back! It was Monday nt, so the bar was quite lively.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good both times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    My wife and I ate here on Saturday and it was so good we returned on Sunday. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    We were near Manhattan Beach and checked Open Table for a good place to eat. The reviews for Pancho's were very good and turned out to be accurate. Professional and pleasant servers deliver excellent food and the dining courtyard is cool and brings the outdoors inside. Pancho's in on our permanent list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Always good Mexican food.
    CowboyVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    Always good Mexican food. My husband went here 60 years ago and still remembers it fondly!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was a quick find for my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    It was a quick find for my boyfriend and I, and this is definitely a place I will come back to. It was gorgeous on the inside and it made a wonderful memory. The only problem was how loud it got.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Pancho's is consistent, old
    HotelwizVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Pancho's is consistent, old skool Mexican. Go for the margarita's, stay for the margarita's. good service, too!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Panchos restaurant didn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Panchos restaurant didn't disapoint my party of six. Everybody loved their food of choice the service was grate, our server was very atentive to our needs.the shrimp wrapped in bacon and rice with vegetables were delicious I really enjoyed my dinner. Thank you Ponchos
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Popular place in mb, but overpriced
    chanman38
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    Popular place in mb, but overpriced and ordinary food. Everyone gets their margarita, but tgere is no description of it on the menu so you have no idea how much it is and what kind of tequila they use.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best wait staff in Los Angeles
    Judy
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    The food is fine (Ortega 120 is much better) but what I love best about Panchos is the always OUTSTANDING WAIT STAFF. Like in Europe where Its considered a career, the wait staff are TRUE PROFESSIONALS in every way. They are not pretentious or fussy, but are "on top" of every single detail and always upbeat and charming to every one. What a joy!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was such a blast!! Food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2012
    Was such a blast!! Food was delicious and the ambiance of the restaurant was absolutely fantastic! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner there the other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    Nice dinner there the other night. Table for 2 in the corner was a little cramped. The chicken mole delicious . Great margarita! A little pricey for Mexican food, but still enjoyed the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Always a good meal and good
    Dinner4818
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    Always a good meal and good time.....decor and ambiance excellent, very relaxing
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like the atmosphere but way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    Like the atmosphere but way too expensive for a Mexican restaurant..
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good bet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    We love Panchos, the shrimp tacos are tasty and the Mole enchiladas are very good. Mole is a very difficult sauce and they do a nice job. Not too sweet and not too spicy. Crispy chips and awesome margaritas. Also great live band on Friday and Saturday nights. Top talent musicians that play with big bands like Stevie Nicks, Alice Cooper etc.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Must Go Restaurant! Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/12/2012
    Had a HUGE variety of tequilas . margaritas were natural and delicious, food was unbelievable. i highly recommend this place . Will return Thanks for the great service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been going here for 20 years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/8/2012
    Been going here for 20 years and it's still great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was quite good. OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    The food was quite good. OK value. Service was attentive but accuracy was spotty. Overall good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expensive Mexican restaurant,
    j2626fVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2012
    Expensive Mexican restaurant, however if you are a local they typically mail out 2 for 1 coupons every month. Kid's menu way overpriced at $10+. Atmosphere is wonderful like walking into a fiesta. The restaurant has character and has always been able to accommodate big groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for dinner. Both
    Loves2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    We went for dinner. Both the service and the food was good. Great margaritas! This would be a good place to take children.
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  • All in all it was a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    All in all it was a wonderful dining experience..although I thought the menu was a little pricey...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent Food At Sky-High Prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    The food was fine, and the service was attentive. The ambience was nice and festive. That said, an order of guacamole, two entrees (a salad and a chicken pibil), a child's dinner, and one beer cost over $90 with tax and tip included. I don't usually consider value when I go out to dinner, but this was excessive. There are plenty of other Mexican restuarants in the area that, while they may not be as nice inside or offer as extensive a menu, are tastier and offer better value. If the food had been remarkable, then I wouldn't hesitate to go back. That, however, was not the case, and I will think twice before returning to Pancho's. If ambience trumps food and cost, then this is the place for you.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Food was fantastic! A little pricey for a Mexican restaurant but well worth it! Will recomend to friends and we will be back for special occasions. Service was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Very good authentic Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2012
    Very good authentic Mexican cuisine! The Naughty Maggies are very good, but be careful! They are very potent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Excellent wait staff. Ambiance inviting and aesthetically pleasing. Great margaritas! My boyfriend and I had dinner with another couple and had a great time. We could talk to each other without having to raise our voices to be heard but it wasn't quiet where our conversation was out of place or disturbing to others. The tables weren't so crowded together that you felt like cattle as you do in some restaurants. Thanks!
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  • Took a couple of friends who
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Took a couple of friends who had never been there and,as always, they fell in love with the place. Great vibe, great food, great location. Have fun.
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  • Mother's Day brunch
    StephSDVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Excellent Mother's Day brunch! Good food and lively atmosphere. Great for a big party!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A read other reviews that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    A read other reviews that the meals were overpriced, so that I expected. What I didn't expect was that the Carintas Ramon that I ordered would be dry and tastless. I get that sometimes a restaurant will have an off night and the manager took the meal off of the bill and apoligized for the issue. The waiter was very friendly but service was very slow as he had many table to cover. It's things like forgetting to serve us water and not checking back on us on us that bothered me, especially considering each of our plates were over $20. It's a shame as they have a good location and the building has a lot of character and history. It could be a great restaraunt, but they seem to have taken the lazy road of resting on past glory.
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  • The restaurant have a very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    The restaurant have a very traditional look from the patios of the houses in Mexico, its Beautiful. Food is awesome!! Micheladas are yummy! And their postre Buñuelos with icecream Que Rico!!!!And the boys (waiters) are cute.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Viva Panchos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    Three people. Three completely different entrees. All very good. I am a chile verde addict. Problem is decent chile verde has become hard to find in my area. Pancho's version ticked all my boxes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Had 6:00 reservations but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Had 6:00 reservations but was not seated until 6:25 We were seated near the kitchen in the hall way on a table make for 2. We noticed several other people seated after us already had their drinks and order taken before we even got to order drinks. I've been coming to Poncho's for about 40 years now but will never go again.
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  • The shrimp enchiladas were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    The shrimp enchiladas were delicious! The ambiance was nice and the waitstaff was friendly and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place was really nice,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    The place was really nice, the atmosphere was great! We got our food quickly, the only down part to it are the prices. The food was good, but nothing out of this world for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but too loud; couldn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    Great food but too loud; couldn't hear conversations within our party of 4.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place to bring the family
    MerryDrinkerVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    Fun place to bring the family or out of town guests. Food is a little pricey for the quality but service is great and the atmosphere is always fun and vibrant. Always get compliments from our guests about how great the place is. Valet parking available for $4.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    Recommended by a local (her favotite). Fabulous dining experience, food was exceptional. Dishes prepared with high quality healthful ingredients. I'm a foodie visiting from the east coast and would travel here again just to return to pancho's
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way to expensive for Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Way to expensive for Mexican food and quality. Very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We lived in El Segundo for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    We lived in El Segundo for a couple of years during the mid-80s. Dined at Pancho's at least twice a month. Went back with in-laws after twenty+ years. Food still good. Love the "atrium" dining. Worth a visit especially if you don't have any decent "Mexican" where you live.
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  • Unfortunately, the reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    Unfortunately, the reputation of this establishment outweighs its delivery. While the food was good, it was over-priced relative to the portions. The waiter was an older gentleman who did not seem to go out of his way except to ask repeatedly if we would like another well drink (we had ordered 1 margarita and, so we thought, had expressed that would be more than sufficient). The atmosphere was enjoyable and the crowd lively. The valet parking ($5, with validation) left a little to be desired, as well. Though it was raining, we were told to follow the valet to the parking lot (a half-block away). Close to LAX for a late night meal, but be prepared to pay a premium for the history...
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  • It was our first time there,
    Daveatthebeach
    Dined on 3/30/2012
    It was our first time there, and it was fabulous! Going back next week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate